Georgia Trend - April 2009

GreenRoom: April 2009

Georgia Power can build two new nuclear reactors in Georgia free from fiscal worry now that the legislature passed Senate Bill 31, allowing the utility to begin charging customers before the reactors are built. The Public Service Commission subsequently approved…

Political RoundUp: April 2009

Judicial panel: President Barack Obama will have several judicial appointments to make for the federal courts in Georgia this year, including four District Court judges, three U.S. attorneys and three U.S. marshals. The state’s congressional Democrats have set up a…

A Community Of "Spirit"

In 1958, the much-heralded Cedartown Bulldogs of famous coach Howard “Doc” Ayers came to Blakely/Early County’s Kolomoki Mounds State Park for summer football camp. I was on the team as a guard. Cedartown was a powerhouse and a few years…

Embracing Internationalism

If you’ve lived in Georgia long enough, you can probably recall the days when Atlanta’s old slogan, “The Next Great International City” seemed more like wishful thinking than a blueprint for the future. It had a nice optimistic ring to…

Banking On Economic Development

Immediately after Luke Morgan graduated from the University of Georgia in 1975 with his business degree in hand, he returned to Douglas, the small town in Coffee County where he was raised. “I’ve never regretted it,” says Morgan, executive vice…

Fine Finger Food

Oh, our economic woes: As if we’re all not depressed enough, try visiting a once-thriving restaurant and finding tumbleweeds blowing through it. Especially now, everybody is looking for good food at the right price, but also something that doesn’t feel…

Money From Washington

On the afternoon of Jan. 21, Gov. Sonny Perdue went before a joint hearing of legislative budget writers and said he really didn’t care what the newly inaugurated President Barack Obama did with his economic recovery legislation that would funnel…

The Games People Play

While you’re sitting there reading this, millions of your fellow humans are defending the planet against an alien attack, winning the Stanley Cup, raising the dead, trading blows with Muhammad Ali and wreaking havoc on the world’s oil supplies, among…

Ken Stewart: Riding Out The Storm

Communities throughout the state are feeling the pain as jobs continue to disappear with no ready supply of new ones to take their place. In search of advice for Georgia’s counties and cities, Georgia Trend sought out Ken Stewart, commissioner…